It's time to heal America

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Needless to say our country is in a real dilemma. The democrats and republicans don’t even speak to each other and when they do the dialogue is venomous and full of negativity. It’s amazing that the congress of the United States is able to pass any laws much less move a mighty nation forward. It is the resilience of the population that is ensuring that America remains the greatest nation in the history of the world.

I use social media sparingly. Too many vicious attacks on people that are only voicing an opinion coupled with comments with no basis, yet taken as truth is too common. There is, every once in a while, something that is quite good. Some are even prophetic. I recently discovered a writing on Facebook that hit the nail on the head when it comes to the vast political void we have in our country.

“Some of the most incredible people I know voted for Donald Trump. Some of the most incredible people I know voted for Hillary Clinton. The people that I know that voted for Donald Trump are not racist, misogynistic or hateful and the people that voted for Hillary Clinton are not hateful and intolerable. If you are someone that woke up this morning and is going to start seeing people as who they voted for, and not as the person you have always known them to be, then you are what is wrong with America. I will never think any less of any person who has different views than me, because some of the most beautiful, inspirational people I know will disagree with what I believe all day long, but at the end of the day they are still that beautiful inspirational person I have always known them as. Don’t think less of people because some of their beliefs don’t align with yours, and don’t lose quality people in your life because you choose hate over love.”

” All of us, not just the politicians we have entrusted with the future of our nation, need to look inward and ask ourselves what is right with America and what is wrong with ourselves. I have relatives in the far West who are staunch liberals and I have close friends that are diehard conservatives. This is the best of all worlds as I get to experience both sides of the coin. As much as I agree with one side and disagree with the other side; one thing is certain, I will cherish the friendships on both sides and I will respect the opinions of all my friends.

Can America not come together with the common cause of keeping the republic intact? Can we not look outside our own borders and realize how good we have it? No, we are not perfect by any stretch but we still have it so much better than the rest of the world. Can we not compare America today to America 60 years ago and see how fortunate we are today? There are no more segregated rest rooms, if a person truly needs food we now have food stamps, if a person has a severe illness the person has a much better chance of surviving and when a person retires there is subsidized medical available. We have more improvements to be made but we have come so far since the mid-1950s. Let us be thankful for our many blessings.

Tuffy Fields may be reached by emailing thelouisianaexplorer@yahoo.com.